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Over 7,000 register for FEMA assistance

AS of Friday, over 7,300 CNMI residents have registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance, FEMA public information officer Paul Corah said.

Of that number, he said 1,432 have been approved; 5,685 applications are pending; 195 are determined to be ineligible; and 11 withdrew their applications.

A total of $1,349.839 has been disbursed so far, he said, adding that the most common reasons for denial of applications are:

1) More than one person with the same address applied for assistance.

2) The name on the application does not match government records. For example, a person who got married changes her name which doesn’t match the name on her Social Security card.

3) The Social Security number doesn’t match the name on the FEMA application. Corah said “this happens a lot because sometimes FEMA doesn’t write the number right or the applicant reverses a number.”

Corah said applicants who have received denial letters should contact FEMA right away “so we can have a conversation about your application to see what information  may be missing.” Applicants may call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, visit a Disaster Recovery Center or go to disaster

“We also encourage those who receive a letter of denial from FEMA to carefully read the letter in full — it will always state the reason why an applicant was denied. I stress again: please contact FEMA if you have any questions about the registration process.”

On Rota, which was hit by Typhoon Mangkhut, FEMA had disbursed a total of $905,262 in assistance, Corah said.

He added that 909 individuals registered, and of this number 342 were approved while 297 were found to be ineligible for assistance. Corah said he does not have the number of denials, “but the remaining numbers fall in other areas. For example: 40 people have withdrawn, 33 applications are pending, and other applicants have been referred to their insurance companies.”